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Published by the City of Takoma Park                                                                                                                                 APRIL 2008

Residents Urge
Legal Action:                                                   Earth Day Celebrations Expand
Metro Development Opposed                                                   By Virginia Myers

O                                                               T
       n Wednesday, March 19, a commu-                                 akoma Park celebrates Earth Day all
       nity workshop was held to discuss the                           month this year with new events as
       question, “What should the Takoma                               well as old favorites. All are designed
Park City Council do now that WMATA has                         to help residents celebrate nature, encour-
approved the sale of land at the Takoma Met-                    age conservation and educate about ener-
ro station for a townhouse development?”                        gy use and environmentalism.
Approximately 60 people and all seven city                         Although it is not directly related to
councilmembers, attended the workshop.                          Earth Day events, the Takoma Horti-
   A large majority of those who spoke at                       cultural Club presentation on invasive
the hearing urged the City Council to op-                       weeds certainly fits with the theme of the
pose development at the property, and many                      month, and it is the first event on the cal-
urged the City to take legal action to prevent                  endar. Betty Marose, Extension Educator
the development. The Council will be con-                       and Weed Science Specialist in the De-
sidering revising the City’s position, which                    partment of Entomology at the Univer-
currently only focuses on preserving transit                    sity of Maryland, will discuss the ecology
access, through the spring.                                     and management of invasive weeds, using
   The workshop was facilitated by the firm,                    integrated approaches, Wednesday, April
Justice and Sustainability Associates, who                      16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Center
worked to help gain community comment                           Azalea Room. Participants are invited to
at this phase of the controversial project.                     bring their “favorite” weeds for identifica-      Leo Blain emerges from his hunt for trash to “surf” on the port-o-potty door
In addition to the people who attended the                      tion and advice on control strategies.            he and his father, Mike Blain, found in Sligo Creek during the 2006 Sweep
workshop, more than 200 others submitted                           The annual Arbor Day Celebration,              the Creek event. This year the annual clean-up, sponsored by Friends of
completed questionnaires on the issue. The                      sponsored by the City of Takoma Park,             Sligo Creek, is April 26 from 9 to 11 a.m. at various locations along the
surveys, and the facilitator’s report, will be                  April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Li-        creek. See for more information.                Photo: Courtesy of FOSC
shared with the Council and posted on the                       brary lawn, includes pruning demonstra-
City’s web page, at www.takomaparkmd.                           tions and lessons, information tables from        questions about the trees in your yard, or      gardening work. Those who want to help
gov/documents/metro.                                            organizations like the National Wildlife          in the city. (For related story on pruning,     are encouraged to bring their own gar-
   The prospect of development at the Ta-                       Federation Backyard Habitat project and           see page 7.)                                    dening gloves and tools.
koma Metro Station has been under consid-                       Friends of Sligo Creek, and activities for           To help beautify the City, you can par-         There will be a big bash at the Takoma
eration for the past 10 years. Plans for a mix                  the kids. The annual tree giveaway will           ticipate in Main Street Takoma’s Spring         Park-Silver Spring Co-op Earth Day Cel-
of commercial and townhome-residential                          make a variety of species available to resi-      Clean Up, Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m.        ebration Sunday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to
have stirred numerous discussions, and                          dents for planting, including black cher-         to noon. Volunteers will pick up litter,        7 p.m., coordinated in part with Junction
eight City Council resolutions, expressing                      ry, chestnut oak, white oak, swamp white          mulch tree boxes and plant flowers. Gath-       Day. The celebration, held in the park-
concern over transit access, safety and den-                    oak, persimmon, white ash, black walnut,          ering points are at Laurel Avenue by the        ing lot next to the co-op, will include two
sity. Much of the controversy’s history can                     bald cypress, catalpa and white pine. In-         clock tower, Morris Park at Takoma Junc-        popular bands, Magpie (from 11 a.m. to
be seen at                           ternational Society of Arborist members           tion, and Triangle Park, at 4th Street NW       1 p.m.) and Afrofunk dance band Chop-
ments/metro.                                                    will be on hand to show off their climbing        in the District. Members of Main Street         teeth (at 4 p.m.). In between, a drum cir-
                                                                rigs, and may even let visitors give them a       Takoma will be on hand at each location         cle will gather – bring your own drum, or
                                                                try themselves. Plus, City Arborist Todd          to provide gloves and bags for trash re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                 earth day
                                     Takoma Park, MD 20912
                                     7500 Maple Ave.
                                     Mayor & Council

                                                                Bolton will be available to answer your           moval, and mulch and plantings for the                                 continues on page 7

                                                             Construction Begins on New Takoma Park Firehouse


                                                                     xactly 81 years after it was first built,   unteer firefighters and their equipment. The     was purchased from the absentee owner.
                                                                     and more than a decade of wrangling         station will continue to operate at full scale   The tenant at 7133 had county assistance
                                                                     over complicated plans to rebuild,          during construction and after it moves into      finding alternative housing.
                                                             the Takoma Park Fire Station is about to            the temporary quarters some time this fall.         Construction on the new firehouse is ex-
                                                             be rebuilt. Since the project to replace the           Fire officials say the current firehouse is   pected to begin in the fall, and take about a
                                                             aging building began, planners have had to          too small and decrepit to properly accom-        year and a half to complete.
                                                             address the demolition of an existing resi-         modate modern firefighting requirements.
                                                             dential property, possible eviction of aging        Its replacement, which is costing about $11
                                                             tenants, transfer of land ownership from            million, should be ready for occupancy in
                                                             City to County, and plans to shift an entire
                                                             fire station to temporary quarters. There are
                                                                                                                    As the project progresses, the house at
                                                             also smaller-scale issues, like asbestos abate-     7135 Carroll Avenue will be demolished to           ireland in takoMa park
                                                             ment that must precede demolition.                  make room for the expanded firehouse. Its
                               PRE-SORT STANDARD

                                                                                                                                                                     ........................................ page 3
                                TAKOMA PARK, MD
                                PERMIT NO. 4422

                                                                Needless to say, firefighters are cheering       next door neighbor, 7133, at one point tar-
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                                                             the onset of physical progress. The first step,     geted for a similar fate, is being spared. The      environMentalist lecture
                                                             the construction of a temporary station on          residences were a difficult stumbling block

                                                                                                                                                                     ........................................ page 5
                                                             the parking lot adjacent to the existing fa-        during the planning process. The County             police chief's first year
                                                             cility, is expected to begin this month. The        wound up purchasing 7135 from its elderly
                                                             temporary quarters will involve trailers and        owner, renovating the house next door and           ........................................ page 9
                                                             tents that will accommodate career and vol-         moving the owner to that property, which
Page 2                                                                             April 2008                                                        Takoma Park Newsletter

             CITY COUNCIL
            AND COMMITTEE
                                                                               City Council Action
         CALENDAR*                                                 for further information, or to receive a copy of the legislation, contact the city clerk’s office,
                                                                                            301-891-7267 or e-mail
 Wednesday, april 2 - Health Services Impact
 Committee meeting, 7 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                  february 11, 2008 - regular Meeting                    March 3, 2008 - special session
 Monday, april 7 - City Council meeting, 7:30                   second reading ordinance 2008-1 was adopt-             resolution 2008-21 was adopted, supporting Mary-
 p.m. (CC Auditorium)                                           ed by roll-call vote, as amended, making techni-       land House Bill 857, Annexation of Small Parcels.
 tuesday, april 8 - Committee on the Environment                cal amendments to Takoma Park Code, Chap. 9.04,        resolution 2008-22 was adopted, commenting on
 meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Forsythia Room)                         Rights of Non-U.S. Citizens in Takoma Park.            the “Green Area” Amendment to the County Zoning
                                                                resolution 2008-11 was adopted, expressing con-        Ordinance.
 tuesday, april 8 - Commission on Landlord Ten-
                                                                dolences to the friends and family of the late Mont-
 ant Affairs hearing, 7 p.m. (CC Auditorium)
                                                                gomery County Councilmember Marilyn Praisner.
 tuesday, april 8 - Tree Commission meeting,                    resolution 2008-12 was adopted, offering condo-        March 10, 2008 - regular Meeting
 6:30 p.m. (CC Atrium Room)                                     lence and support for the City of Kirkwood, Missouri   single reading ordinance 2008-11 was adopted
 tuesday, april 8 - Facade Advisory Board annual                after a gunman stormed a Council meeting there.        by roll-call vote, awarding a contract for community
 business meeting, 7 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                   the consent agenda was adopted by roll-call            health needs focus groups and survey.
 Wednesday, april 9 - Recreation Committee                      vote. It consisted of:
 meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                         •	 single reading ordinance 2008-8, awarding           *Only negative votes and abstentions are noted.
 thursday, april 10 - Board of Elections meeting, 7                a contract for purchase of two trucks for Public    For additional information, contact the City Clerk at
 p.m. (CC Hydrangea Room)                                          Works and rescinding Ordinance 2007-60    
 Monday, april 14 - City Council Meeting, 7:30                  •	 resolution 2008-13, extending the term of the
 p.m. (CC Auditorium)                                              Health Services Impact Committee for one addi-
                                                                   tional year.                                            notice of coMMittee forMation
 tuesday, april 15 - Commission on Landlord Ten-
 ant Affairs hearing, 7 p.m. (CC Auditorium)                    •	 resolution 2008-14, appointing Sally Brucker to
                                                                   the Arts and Humanities Commission.                     Washington Adventist Hospital
 thursday, april 17 - Emergency Preparedness
                                                                •	 resolution 2008-15, appointing Nicolien van
 Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m. (CC Hydrangea
                                                                   Schouwen to the Tree Commission.
                                                                                                                              Land Use Committee
                                                                •	 resolution 2008-16, appointing Robert Ander-          The City Council is establishing a committee to
 Monday, april 21 - City Council meeting, 7:30                     son to the Ethics Commission.
 p.m. (CC Auditorium)                                                                                                    advise the Council on matters related to the fu-
                                                                •	 resolution 2008-17, appointing David Borden to        ture use of the property currently occupied by
 tuesday, april 22 - Arts and Humanities                           the Public Safety Citizens Advisory Committee.
 Commission meeting, 7:30 p.m. (CC Hydrangea                                                                             Washington Adventist Hospital. The Council
 Room)                                                                                                                   seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and
                                                                february 19, 2008 - special session                      interests to serve on the committee, including
 Wednesday, april 23 - Public Safety Citizens
 Advisory Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. (CC                                                                               persons familiar with land use planning, econom-
                                                                resolution 2008-18 was adopted, urging Montgom-
 Atrium Room)                                                   ery County to reopen the Piney Branch Pool and fund      ic development, or health services or persons
                                                                necessary improvements.                                  who live in areas that might be affected, directly
 Monday, april 28 - City Council meeting, 7:30
                                                                                                                         or indirectly, by development on the site.
 p.m. (CC Auditorium)

                                                                february 25, 2008 - regular Meeting                      The committee is envisioned to be in existence
 *For the most up to date information, check www.takoma-
                                                                                                                         for a two-year period. The committee would meet Most meetings are held in the Takoma Park          second reading ordinance 2008-4 was adopted
 Community Center – Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, 7500           by roll-call vote, establishing the Recreation Com-      monthly or as needed.
 Maple Avenue (CC). Individuals interested in receiving         mittee as a statutory committee.
 a weekly Council agenda and calendar update by e-mail                                                                   To apply to serve on the committee, send your
 should contact the City Clerk at 301-891-7267 or clerk@        resolution 2008-19 was adopted, encouraging                                                 Montgomery County to divest from Sudan.                  application by April 30, to Jessie Carpenter,
                                                                                                                         City Clerk, City of Takoma Park, 7500 Maple
                                                                the consent agenda was adopted by roll-call
 The City of Takoma Park is committed to ensuring that in-                                                               Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912 (or via e-mail
 dividuals with disabilities are able to fully participate in   vote. It consisted of:
                                                                                                                         to ).
 public meetings. Anyone planning to attend a Takoma Park       •	 single reading ordinance 2008-9, awarding a
 public meeting or public hearing, and who wishes to receive       contract for an aerial lift boom and trailer.
 auxiliary aids, services, or accommodations is invited to                                                               Applications will be reviewed by the City Council.
 contact the City Clerk at 301-891-7267, at least 48 hours      •	 single reading ordinance 2008-10, awarding a          For additional information, call Jessie Carpenter
 in advance, at the telephone number listed in the notice          contract for flood mitigation planning.               at 301-891-7267. See
 or through the Maryland Relay Service (1-800-735-2258          •	 resolution 2008-20, appointing Stephane Janin         for more information.
                                                                   to the Arts and Humanities Commission.

                                                                                                                              speak with the Mayor
                                     volunteers needed
                                                                                                                         speak up!
          to serve on council appointed boards, committees, and commissions                                              Mayor Bruce Williams
                                                                                                                         welcomes community input
     There are positions available on many City boards, commissions, and committees. Please consider                     and invites you to meet with
     volunteering to serve. Additional information can be found at or contact the                   him during his regular office
                   City Clerk for more information (301-891-7267 or                                hours on Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m.
                                                                                                                         (by appointment only) and
    Arts and Humanities                       Facade Advisory Board               Personnel Appeal Board                 5 -7 p.m. (for walk-ins),
    Commission                                                                                                           in the third floor Council
                                              Health Services Impact              Police Employees Retirement            Conference Room of the
    Board of Elections                        Committee                           Plan Committee                         Takoma Park Community
    Committee on the Environment              Montgomery College Neighbors        Public Safety Citizens Advisory        Center.
    Emergency Preparedness                    Advisory Committee                  Committee
    Committee                                 Noise Control Board                 Recreation Committee                       Walk-ins are requested to check in at the
                                                                                                                                 reception desk on the main floor.
    Ethics Commission                         Nuclear Free Takoma Park            Safe Roadways Committee
                                                                                                                          For appointments, contact Peggye Washington,
                                                                                                                           301-891-7230 or
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                                                                April 2008                                                                                              Page 3

Reading with our Daughters
Mother-Daughter Book Club Turns the Page, from “Sarah, Plain and Tall” to “Hell’s Angels”
                             By Rosanne Singer

         ida Vidutis sat on a stool in our dining room and
         implored the other teenage girls, “You’ve got to read
         ‘The Secret History’!” There were some groans when
they heard it was more than 500 pages, but Nida, 16, said it
read quickly. No decision was made, and we continued the
Friday dinner meeting of our mother/daughter book group.
Afterwards I kept remembering Nida’s eyes as she made a
case for the book. This is what a passionate reader looks
like, I thought. Maybe our group had a little something to
do with fostering that.
   Takoma Park resident Janet Douglas thought about form-
ing a mother/daughter book group ten years ago after meet-
ing Smithsonian Institution colleague, Shireen Dodson, the
author of “The Mother-Daughter Book Club: How Ten Busy
Mothers and Daughters Came Together to Talk, Laugh and
Learn Through Their Love of Reading.” At the time Janet’s
daughter Rose was in third grade, and Janet began talking
with other mothers whose daughters were strong, engaged
readers. That’s when my daughter Marie and I joined.
Thus began the first incarnation of our Takoma Park
mother/daughter book group, a collection of about five
mother/daughter pairs.
   Our first book was “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” by Patricia
MacLachlan. Most of us had also seen the movie with
Glenn Close and Christopher Walken. When the girls
were in elementary school, we read standards like “Ella En-                                     This group of mothers and daughters has met for the past seven years as a book club. Back row, from left,
chanted,” “Misty of Chincoteague” and “Island of the Blue                                       Sarah Lynch, Diana Vidutis, Nida Vidutis, Caitlin Schneiderhan, Claire Wernstedt-Lynch, Courtney Burtraw,
Dolphins.” I remember the restlessness of some of those                                         Rose Douglas, Janet Douglas; front row, Kate Cook, Rosanne Singer, Marie Mencher, and Barbara Glenn.
early meetings—girls running around, eager to get to an art                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Diana Vidutis

project connected with the chosen book. How do you en-
courage eight-year-olds to talk about a book — articulate                                       napped.” Jane Eyre offended them when she became in-                 sequence about the evening’s book. I loved those creative
what they like, what confuses them, who they relate to? We                                      volved with a married man, Mr. Rochester, never mind the             projects and got to see my sometimes-shy daughter caught
all had to learn.                                                                               extenuating circumstance of a dangerously mad wife locked            up in the theater of the moment. In the past year, how-
   The group was fluid in those days, with mothers and                                          in the attic. “The Rules: Time-Tested Secrets for Capturing          ever, I think the daughters and mothers have spent more
daughters trying it out. Some decided they couldn’t com-                                        the Heart of Mr. Right” outraged all the girls. Who would            time together during meetings, lingering at the dinner table
mit to a monthly book and meeting, others moved out of                                          want a relationship based on game playing and artifice? My           to talk.
the area. By the start of middle school though, we had a                                        own daughter looked horrified when I said I wished I had                Nida recently commented that all the mothers in the
consistent group of six mothers and six daughters. Now                                          employed a few of those rules myself. But the girls also             book group are interested in what each girl is doing. I was
the girls are seniors in high school, about to head off                                         spent some eye-opening, thought-provoking time reading               touched that she’d noticed. We’ve been gathering to talk
to college.                                                                                     “The Kite Runner,” “The Good Earth,” and the graphic novel           about books and have gotten to watch six girls become
   Even though four of the girls attend Montgomery Blair                                        “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood.”                              strong young women.
High School, they may not see each other from day to day.                                         Although we usually read novels, we have also discussed               Nida did persuade us to read “The Secret History” by
A fifth daughter has gone to school in Switzerland for ju-                                      poetry—Pablo Neruda’s “Odes to Opposites”; gonzo jour-               Donna Tartt. She was right—the girls loved this dark, trou-
nior and senior year. Nida attends Stone Ridge School                                           nalism—Hunter Thompson’s “Hell’s Angels”; and a play—                bling novel about privileged college students on a New Eng-
of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda. When the girls meet for                                        “The Cherry Orchard.” The girls have been pretty game.               land campus in the 1980s. One called it enthralling. “Hell’s
our monthly to bimonthly gatherings, they have a lot to                                         I’m glad that as they have matured, they’ve let us know what         Angels” might have paved the way, but this time the sex,
say to one another. Book group is our chance to catch up,                                       they wanted and were ready for. I might have wanted to               drugs, alcohol and even murder felt a little closer to home.
reconnect.                                                                                      protect my daughter from the sex, drugs and profanity of             Nida brought out a research paper she had written on the
   I think about some of the books that have angered, in-                                       “Hell’s Angels,” but I found out I didn’t need to.                   tug between Dionysian abandon and Apollonian rational-
spired, and bored the girls. They couldn’t plow through the                                       The girls used to chomp at the bit to run off to a pri-            ity in the book. The other girls really listened. So did the
archaic language of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic, “Kid-                                     vate space to chat before putting together a skit or video           mothers.

                   The Takoma Park NewsleTTer
                                                                                                                                                        Ireland Comes to Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                           On March 11, a dozen professional community advocates from Ire-
  Editor: Virginia Myers                                                                                                                                land toured Takoma Park to learn about community dynamics in a di-
  Production: Electronic Ink                                                                                                                            verse city. Funded by the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), their visit                                                                                                                                  was part of a program that involves annual tours to various cities in the
  Vol. 47, No. 4                                                                                                                                        U.S. This year’s trip focused on the relationship between government
                                                                                                                                                        and community regarding youth, and in particular best practices ad-
  The Takoma Park Newsletter is published 11 times a year as the official publication of
  the City of Takoma Park,
                                                                                                                                                        dressing race relations, revitalization and collaboration. Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                        staff, accompanied by staff from Governor O’Malley’s office, showed
  The Newsletter does not accept commercial, classified, or political advertisements.
                                                                                                                                                        the delegation programs at the Community Center, the County’s Cross-
  Unsolicited materials by Takoma Park residents, including reports by community
  groups and articles that may contain opinion, will be considered for publication.                                                                     roads Youth Opportunities Center in the Takoma-Langley Crossroads
  Name, address and telephone number must accompany all submitted material.                                                                             area, and revitalization plans for the New Hampshire Avenue corridor.
  Pursuant to City Council Resolution No. 1992–36 of June 8, 1992 that sets forth the                                                                   They seemed impressed that nearly one-third of Takoma Park residents
  editorial guidelines of the Newsletter, the Editor reserves the right to edit all submitted                                                           was born outside of the United States. Members of the delegation en-
  copy for length, clarity, style, spelling and grammar.                                                                                                joyed talking to young people in the Teen Room and looking at the
  Published material containing opinions does not necessarily reflect the views of the                                                                  Ethiopian Art Exhibit in the Community Center Atrium.
  Newsletter or the City of Takoma Park.                                                                                                                   “They were interested in local issues, such as Takoma Park’s status
  The City of Takoma Park is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate                                                                    as a Sanctuary City, and asked a number of questions about the death
  on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin, sex, age, marital                                                                 penalty in the United States,” said Deputy City Manager Suzanne Lud-
  status or physical or mental disabilities that are unrelated in nature and extent to job                                                              low. “The visit was much too short,” she added. “The delegates brought
  performance. The Newsletter is printed on recycled–content paper.
                                                                                                                                                        a wealth of insight and knowledge from their home communities and I
                                                                                                                                Photo by Lonni Moffet
                                                                                                                                                        wish we’d had more time to learn from them.”
Page 4                                                                              April 2008                                                               Takoma Park Newsletter

  Housing Department
  Offers Free Courses                                           The Commission on Landlord                                                          creases above the Rent Stabilization
    Don’t delay ... registration is limited for the fol-     Tenant Affairs (COLTA) recently ap-                                                    Allowance.
                                                             proved two hardship rent increase pe-
  lowing classes offered by the Department of Housing
                                                             titions for rental properties in Takoma                                                8316 roanoke avenue
  and Community Development. If you are interested,          Park. They appear in order of their                                                    (2007-59h)
  please call Linda Walker at 301-891-7222 or e-mail at      petition numbers:                                                                        On February 15, 2007, a hardship                                                                                                                              rent increase petition was approved
                                                             8312 roanoke avenue                                                                    for rent increases ranging from
  first time home Buyer seminar                              (2007-51h)                                                                             $34.64 to $54.35 on all three units at

  (english)                                                    On February 18, 2007, a hardship                                                     the property.
                                                             rent increase petition was denied be-
    Buying a home is one of the most important               cause the adjusted petition year net                                                     If a rent increase exceeds 15 per-
  decisions you will make in your lifetime. Here is
  an opportunity for you to do it right, with all of the
  knowledge of the process. Class limited to 20 people.
                                                             operating income (NOI) was greater
                                                             than the adjusted base year net op-
                                                             erating income (NOI). On a hard-
                                                             ship petition, a landlord must show
                                                                                                           CORNER                                   cent, the increases will be phased in
                                                                                                                                                    over a term of more than one year
                                                                                                                                                    until the full increases have been
                                                                                                                                                    taken (e.g. 20 percent approved in-
  A nonprofit affordable housing organization will con-
                                                             that the petition year NOI is lower                                                    crease would be divided as 15 per-
  duct the seminar that will include information on:
                                                             than the adjusted base year (1990)                 By Jean Kerr,                       cent the first year and 5 percent the
                                                             NOI in order to be granted rent in-              Housing Specialist                    second year).
  1.        The importance of pre-purchase counseling
  2.        Establishing credit, maintaining good credit,
            facts about the credit scoring system
  3.        How to obtain a mortgage loan — understand-

            ing the terms of the loan
            The role of the real estate agent                 Your Rights Under the Fair Housing Act
  5.        Information on Montgomery County and Mary-
            land home loan programs                                        By Moses A. Wilds, Jr.,                          Chapter 27 of the Montgomery County Code makes it il-
                                                                        Landlord-Tenant Coordinator                         legal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing on the
                                                                                                                            basis of race, sex, marital status, physical or mental dis-
  When: Saturday, April 12, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.                 April 2008 will mark the 40th anniversary of the pas-       ability, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, presence
  Where: Takoma Park Community Center                        sage of the Fair Housing Act, adopted as Title VII of the      of children, source of income, sexual orientation or age.
         7500 Maple Avenue                                   Civil Rights Act of 1968. The Fair Housing Act covers a           One such fair housing complaint recently was addressed
                                                             broad range of housing-related transactions such as rent-      in November 2007, when the Montgomery County Fair
            español                                          als, sales, mortgage lending, homeowners insurance, zon-
                                                             ing, appraisals, tax assessments and advertising. It also
                                                                                                                            Housing law was upheld in a decision issued by the Mary-
                                                                                                                            land Court of Appeals. This ruling upheld a previous de-
                                                             makes it illegal to coerce, intimidate, threaten or inter-
  seminario para Quien compra casa                                                                                          cision that an apartment complex landlord, Glenmont
                                                             fere with someone exercising their fair housing rights and     Hills Associates, was in violation of the County’s hous-
  por primera vez (español)                                  provides for civil remedies and criminal penalties for do-     ing discrimination ordinance when it refused to rent to
    El comprar una casa es una de las decisiones más         ing so.
                                                                                                                            applicants solely because they received rental assistance
  importantes que tomará en su vida. Esta es una                In 1974 Congress added a prohibition of discrimina-
                                                                                                                            through federal Section 8 vouchers. County Executive
                                                             tion based on sex making it illegal for housing providers
  oportunidad para que usted lo haga correctamente                                                                          Isiah Leggett commented that the “decision was gratify-
                                                             to impose different conditions on women than on men.
  con toda la información del proceso. La Coorpo-            The 1988 Fair Housing Amendment Act added two new              ing for all who seek to protect the rights of residents to
  ración del Desarrollo Económico del Latino (LEDC),         protected classes: handicap and familial status, the lat-      find affordable housing.”
  una organización a beneficio para quienes quieren          ter being the presence or anticipated presence of children
  comprara una casa por primera vez, dara un semi-           under the age of 18 in a household. It also extended the       Montgomery county’s
  nario el cual incluirá información como:                   statute of limitations for filing federal lawsuits from 180    fair housing complaint process
                                                             days to two years and eliminated the prior $1,000 punitive        Confidential complaints may be filed with the Mont-
       1.     La importancia de tener consejo profesional    damages cap.
                                                                                                                            gomery County Office of Human Rights by individu-
              antes de comprar una casa.                        Although a record number of fair housing complaints
                                                                                                                            als who demonstrate they may have been discriminated
                                                             (10,328) were received in FY2006 by HUD and Fair Hous-
       2.     Establecer su crédito, mantener su crédito y                                                                  against in their housing choice or in receiving real estate
                                                             ing Assistance Program agencies, there is general belief
              sistema de mantener record de su crédito.      that the number of filed complaints remain well below the      services. Complaints on behalf of victims of discrimina-
       3.     Cómo obtener un préstamo y entender los        actual number of instances of housing discrimination.          tion may also be filed by concerned individuals.
              términos del préstamo.                            HUD studies suggest a number of reasons for the                The complaint filing process begins with a personal,
       4.     El papel del agente de ventas                  under-reporting of housing discrimination. First, dis-         confidential interview which is held to determine the na-
       5.     Información acerca de los prógramas de         crimination is not readily identifiable by consumers as it     ture of the complaint and whether the Office of Human
                                                             is rarely blatant. Second, many people believe that it is      Rights (OHR) has legal jurisdiction to investigate. Media-
              préstamo en Maryland y el Condado de Mont-
                                                             not worthwhile to report housing discrimination. A 2002        tion between OHR staff and both parties may occur at this
                                                             study showed that less than 20 percent of individuals who      point and complaints may be settled and often are as a
                                                             believed they had been discriminated against took some         result of the mediation process.
  Fecha: Sábado, May 10, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.               action. Third, large segments of the public were not aware        Complaints that are not resolved by mediation are fully
  Donde: Takoma Park Community Center                        of fair housing protections, especially for people with dis-   investigated by OHR staff. When the investigation con-
         7500 Maple Avenue                                   abilities and families with children.                          firms that discrimination has occurred, the OHR propos-
                                                                                                                            es a voluntary agreement to end the discrimination and
  foreclosure prevention                                     Montgomery county fair housing                                 provide relief for the complaining party. If the voluntary
    Are the costs for owning and maintaining your
                                                             law/program                                                    agreement fails, a public hearing is required by law to
                                                                                                                            resolve the complaint. If the public hearing results in a
  new home, whether it be a condominium or a single             The Montgomery County Office of Human Rights is
                                                             the certified government agency in the county that inves-      finding of discrimination the OHR may order a plan to
  family house, escalating? Is your loan about to                                                                           correct the discriminatory practice and order appropriate
                                                             tigates fair housing complaints. The Fair Housing Pro-
  readjust? Here is a class to help you get a handle on                                                                     relief for the complaining party. Relief may include hous-
                                                             gram, which is a part of the Office of Human Rights, also
  your situation. Learn what state programs currently        carries out an array of outreach and monitoring activities.    ing, housing services and/or monetary compensation for
  exist and how to possibly avoid foreclosure.               Its educational activities include training for landlords,     expenses and/or humiliation.
                                                             real estate professionals, property managers, lenders and         Montgomery County residents who think they have
  When: Wednesday, May 14, 7 - 8:30 p.m.                     other housing professionals as well as information to and      been the victim of housing discrimination should con-
  Where: Takoma Park Community Center                        training for the general public. The Fair Housing Program      tact the Office of Human Rights, 110 North Washington
         7500 Maple Avenue                                   also has a comprehensive program of testing for discrimi-      Street, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850. The OHR phone
                                                             nation in the sale or rental of housing, home mortgage         number is 240-777-8450 and the TTY phone number is
                                                             financing and compliance with architectural guidelines.        240-777-8480.
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                               April 2008                                                                                            Page 5

                                                              Noted Economist and Environmentalist
             COLTA’s                                          Delivers First Crossroads Lecture
               CAsEs                                          L
                                                                     ester R. Brown, internationally-acclaimed economist
                                                                     and environmentalist, will deliver the first annual
                                                                     Crossroads Lecture in Takoma Park on April 16. All
                                                              proceeds from ticket sales will help operate the Crossroads
                                                              Farmers Market during the coming season. The lecture will
             By Moses A. Wilds, Jr.,                          be held at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church.
          Landlord-Tenant Coordinator                            Brown will discuss “Plan B 3.0: Mobilizing to Save Civili-
                                                              zation,” the latest version of his book outlining what must be
     landlord-tenant decision summary                         done to save the planet before it’s too late. “We are trapped
          cooke v. lee avenue apts, llc                       between a set of economic indicators telling us that things
                                                              have never been better and a set of environmental indica-
     On February 8, 2008 COLTA issued a decision re-          tors warning us that the economy is heading for decline and
  garding a tenant’s complaint alleging that the landlord     collapse,” Brown said. “The warning signs are in rising tem-
  was responsible for a defective tenancy because her         peratures, shrinking forests, expanding deserts, collapsing
  apartment was infested with bedbugs. Tenant sought a        fisheries, falling water tables, melting glaciers, rising seas
  rent rebate and compensation for discarded furniture        and declining species.”
  and medical treatment.                                         Brown proposes an all-out effort to cut carbon emissions
     COLTA, in issuing a decision for the tenant, found       80 per cent by 2020.
  that (1) the landlord caused a defective tenancy by leas-      He is the founder and president of the Earth Policy In-
  ing the tenant an apartment infested with bedbugs and       stitute, a non-profit environmental research organization
  failed to make timely and good faith efforts to eradicate   based in Washington, D.C. In 1974, he founded the World-
  the infestation; (2) the bedbug infestation made sleep-     watch Institute, which he continued to head for 26 years.
  ing in the apartment physically and psychologically            Brown has been called “one of the world’s most influen-
  traumatic and constituted a constructive eviction; (3)      tial thinkers.” He has authored or co-authored more than 50
  the bedbug infestation reduced the value of the tenancy     books, which have appeared in some 40 languages.
  by at least 56 percent from the time the tenant moved          The Crossroads Farmers Market opened last year as part
  in (June 1, 2007) until the time she vacated (Novem-        of an effort to give residents of the Takoma-Langley area
  ber 30, 2007); (4) the landlord was responsible for the                                                                                            Lester Brown
                                                              access to fresh, local fruit and vegetables. Together with the                                      Photo: Courtesy Earth Policy Institute
  cost of replacing the tenant’s infested furniture based     Takoma Park Farmers Market, it became the first farmers
  on the purchase receipts she provided; (5) the tenant       market in Maryland authorized to accept Food Stamps. The         lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Tickets to the
  was awarded a rent rebate of $3,150 based on a 56 per-      Crossroads Farmers Market also established an innovative         reception will cost $75.
  cent reduction of her monthly rent of $925 to $525 for      micro-loan program to help immigrant, minority and new              Tickets to the lecture are available on Sundays at the
  the six-month period June 1, 2007 to November 1, 2007       farmers participate in direct marketing.                         Takoma Park Farmers Market. Tickets may be reserved
  and $2,806.33 for replacing her furniture.                     Tickets to the Crossroads Lecture will cost $20 for adults    by email at or by calling
                                                              and $10 for students. A reception for Brown will be held at      540-631-5611. Credit and debit cards can be used at the
                                                              6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Room, before the lecture. The          market and at the door.

                                                              their own poems, read them to the group and receive feed-
                                                              back to deepen and enlarge their own understanding of
                                                              what they have written. The poems generated by the work-
                                                              shop will be gathered into an anthology and published by
                                                              the Arts and Humanities Commission. To register, please
                                                              call 301-891-7224.

 The following events are brought                                             public art presentations
 to you by the Takoma Park Arts                                               tuesday, april 1
 and Humanities Commission in                                                   Are you interested in learning more about
 partnership with the community.                                              the 13 proposals submitted to the Arts and
                                                                              Humanities Commission in response to its
 kittner displays                                                             Call for Public Art? If so, please join the
 “block” buster art                                                           Commission on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30
    Artist Bobbi Kittner’s current                                            p.m. in the auditorium when each of the
 show emerged from a love of                                                  artists will be given an opportunity to pres-
 banging wooden blocks togeth-                                                ent their proposals to the community. Ad-
 er with her kids. Her mixed me-                                              ditional opportunity to review each of the
 dia creations; “The Jester, “Big                                             proposals is available online at www.tako-
 Star” and “Fluffy, the perform-                                    
 er,” composed of found objects
 and old Playskool blocks, can                                                third thursday poetry
 be seen this month in Gallery                                                reading april 17
 Three, on the third floor of the                                                The poetry of Kathy Richey, Kathy Wil-
 Takoma Park Community Cen-                                                   liams and Hayes Davis will be featured at
 ter. Kittner’s studio is located in                                          this month’s “third thursday” poetry read-
 Old Town Takoma.                                                             ing. The reading will be held on Thursday,
                                                                              April 17 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at the                  "Solitude" by Cheryl Edwards
 poetry for families                                                          Takoma Park Community Center.
                                                                                                                               to look at humans other than on the simple physical level.
 april 12                              "Whistle Boy" by Bobbi Kittner        “the human concept”                               The exhibit will be on display throughout the month of
   Anne Becker, Takoma Park                                                  opening reception april 5                         April.
 Poet Laureate, will offer a series                             Please join us at the Takoma Park Community Center
 of free poetry workshops for families — parents and their    on Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. as we celebrate “The Human
 children — beginning on Saturday, April 12 and continu-      Concept,” an exhibit of the work of local artists Cheryl Ed-     Additional information on these and other upcoming events
 ing on April 26 and on May 3. The workshops will be held     wards and Susan Crane. The exhibit demonstrates the in-          can be found on the City’s website at www.takomaparkmd.
 in the Hydrangea Room at the Takoma Park Community           ner parts of human beings through color and light and            gov or by contacting the Arts and Humanities Commission
 Center from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Participants will write    shadow, which the artists hope will encourage the viewer         at 301-891-7224 or by email at
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                                                       R E C R E A T I O N
  Ac t i v i t i e s
recreation depar tMent 301-891-7290

family rock climbing
carderock national recreation area
ages 8 and older
Bring the family for this awesome day on the rocks.
Rock climbing is a great way to explore the
natural world, push your limits and have fun. No
experience is necessary; this trip will be catered to
beginners. All equipment, transportation and guides
are included. Wear comfy clothes and bring a bag
lunch. All children under 12 require a chaperone.
Please contact Jon McLaren at 301-891-7225 or for more information.

When:       Sun., April 6
time:       8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
location:   Meet at T.P. Com. Ctr., 7500 Maple Ave.
                                                        Comparing goodies after the annual egg hunt which attracted hundreds of people this year.
fee:        T.P. City Res. $40 (up to 4 people);                                                                                                         Photo: Debra Haiduven
                           $15 each extra
            Non-Res.       $45 (up to 4 people);
                                                        Takoma Park residents to qualify for the resident
                           $20 each extra
                                                        fee. Registration closes Friday, April 11. Individuals
rock climbing at Great falls national park
                                                        interested in joining a team should call the                y.e.s league / t-Ball league
                                                        Recreation Department to be put on a list for teams
ages 12 and older
Rock climbing is a great way to explore the natural
                                                        that need extra players.                                     volunteers needed!
world, push your limits and have fun. No experience
                                                        When:     Sun., April 20 - June 22
is necessary; this trip will be catered to begin-                                                                   The Recreation Department is look
                                                        time:     9 a.m. - 1 p.m.                                                                      ing for
ners. All equipment, transportation and guides are                                                                  coaches and volunteers for the Y.E.
                                                        location: Ed Wilhelm, Lee Jordan, and Green                                                     S Youth
included. Wear comfy clothes and bring a bag lunch.                                                                 Basketball League, and the Youth
                                                                  Meadows Fields                                                                      T-Ball
Please contact Jon McLaren at 301-891-7225 or                                                                       League.
                                                        fee:      T. P. City Res. Team $475 for more information. Instruc-
                                                                  Non Res. Team          $575
tor Jon McLaren.                                                                                                   If you are interested and would like
                                                        REGISTER BY APRIL 11                                                                            to hear
                                                                                                                   more about these opportunities,
When:       Sun., April 13                                                                                                                           please con-
                                                        Girls lacrosse clinic                                      tact Matt Poorman by phone 301
time:       8 a.m - 6 p.m.                                                                                                                           -891-7282,
                                                        Grades 3 - 6                                               or by e-mail at MattP@takomagov.o
location:   Meet at T.P. Com. Ctr., 7500 Maple Ave.                                                                                                    rg.
                                                        When:      Wed. April 23 - May 21
fee:        T.P. City Res. $40
                                                        time:      3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
            Non-Res.       $45
                                                        location: Hodges Field
                                                                   (behind Takoma Park Elementary School)
adult coed softball league                                                                                       for teens to socialize outside of school.
                                                        fee:       T.P. City Res. $20
Recreational fun for adults. Team registration                                                                   date:       Fri., April 4
                                                                   Non-Res.       $25
only, rosters must consist of at least 50 percent                                                                activity: Ice cream social
                                                        “first annual” adult tennis tournament                   date:       Fri., April 18
                                                        Men/Women Ages 18 and older                              activity: Game Room Tournaments
                                                        When:     April 26 - April 27                            time:       6 - 9 p.m.

  Fun Days
                                                                  May 3 - May 4                                  location: T Zone - T.P. Com. Ctr.,
                                                        time:     10 a.m. - 3 p.m.                               fee:        Free
                                                        location: Takoma Park Middle School Tennis
                                                                  Courts                                         roadtripz
                                                        fee:      T.P. City Res. $5                              ages 13 - 18
  Grades k - 5                                                    Non-Res.       $10                             “Roadtripz” takes teens on adult-supervised trips to
                                                        REGISTER BY APRIL 23                                     local destinations.
                                         field trips
  The Fun Day Program offers exciting
                                        ings and
  on scheduled whole day school clos                    Musicalitea silver foxes trip                            date:      Fri., April 11
                                       eduled half
  activities and per formances on sch                   Musical performance with complimentary tea and           activity: Movie Night Out
                                       subject to
  day closings. Bring a lunch! Trip is                  light fare. Trip requires advance registration. Please   time:      6 - 9 p.m.
  change. Space is limited, sign  up early. Meet                                                                 Transportation provided from T Zone at the Takoma
                                           Commu-       come to the Community Center and fill out a regis-
  in the auditorium of the Takoma Park                  tration form by R.S.V.P. date. Limited space avail-      Park Community Center and from the Takoma Park
  nity Center.                                          able.                                                    Recreation Center on New Hampshire Avenue
                                                                                                                 fee:       Varies by trip
   trip:      Mt. Vernon - George                                                                                REGISTER BY APRIL 19
                                                        When:     Thurs., April 10
              Washington’s House
                                                        time:     10 a.m.
   When:      Mon. April 7                                                                                       teen school daze out
                                                        location: Music Center at Strathmore,
   time:      9 a.m. - 5 p.m.                                                                                    ages 12 - 16
                                  $20                             Bethesda, MD
   fee:       T.P. City Res.                                                                                     School Daze Out offers exciting and educational
                                  $25                   fee:      Free
              Non-Res.                                                                                           field trips on scheduled whole day school closings.
                                                        rsvp:     4/3/08
    after care from 5 - 6:30 p.m.                       tGif                                                     date:       Mon., April 7
              T.P. City Res.      $10
                                                        ages 13 - 18                                             activity:   Shopping in Hagerstown
              Non-Res.            $15
                                                        Takoma Park Recreation invites teens to participate      time:       10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                                                        in “TGIF,” a series of safe, fun Friday night events     REGISTER    BY APRIL 4
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                               April 2008                                                                               Page 7

earth day
continued from page 1                                              takoma park                         Community Center)
                                                                                                       Tree giveaway, information
                                                                                                                                             Sidewalk sale, face painting,
                                                                                                                                             a juggler, balloon sculptures,
borrow one that will be made available. The co-op will also        earth day events                    tables, kids’ activities, pruning     and Greg’s Summer Delights ice
offer food, children’s activities (including a moon bounce),                                           demonstrations and lessons            cream truck
planting demonstrations and tables with Old Town mer-              home energy audit                                                         Open house at Bikram yoga
chants interspersed with community and environmental               presentation                        Main street takoma spring             studio and the Pajama Squid
information.                                                                                           clean-up                              children’s store
                                                                   April 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
   Across the street on the same day, April 20, city merchants     Community Center auditorium         Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to
are celebrating at Takoma Junction Day from noon to 4 p.m.         Sponsored by the Sierra Club        noon                                  sweep the creek
with face painting, a juggler, balloon sculptures, and Greg’s      Presentation, with Q&A, on home     Locations throughout Old Town         Saturday, April 26, 9-11 a.m.
Summer Delights ice cream truck. Stores will display their         energy audits. E-mail david. for           Creek Cleanup
wares on the sidewalk and residents can welcome the new         more information                      Various locations along Sligo
Bikram yoga studio, and The Pajama Squid children’s store,         for more information.                                                     Creek (Sponsored by Friends of
that opened last month.                                                                                earth day celebration                 Sligo Creek) visit
   On Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Com-            Weed discussion                     at the co-op                          for more information
munity Center auditorium, the Montgomery County Sierra
                                                                   Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.      Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 7
Club will present an information session on home energy                                                                                      Green home and Garden tour
                                                                   Community Center Azalea Room        p.m.
audits. A question and answer period will allow residents to
                                                                   Betty Marose, University of Mary-   Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op,      May 18, Noon to 3 p.m.
ask professional auditors about how they might reduce home
energy use, and whether an audit will help them save money         land on integrative management      at 410 and Carroll Avenue             Various locations, Takoma Park
and reduce their carbon footprint.                                 of invasive weeds                   Live music, food, kids’ activities,   Tour homes that showcase sus-
   To celebrate nature out-of-doors, you can grab a trash bag                                          merchants, and community and          tainable building practices
Saturday, April 26 and join Friends of Sligo Creek (FOSC) to       arbor day                           environmental info tables             Sponsored by the Takoma Park
clean up the creek. Sweep the Creek invites organized groups       April 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.                                               Green Building Group. See
like scout, civic and religious groups as well as individuals to   Takoma Park, Maryland Library       Junction day                
join in from 9 to 11 a.m. at various locations. There are also     lawn (rain location, Takoma Park    Sunday, April 20, Noon to 4 p.m.      aspx for more information.
some Sunday alternatives and, if you know of a section that
is not listed in those already targeted for cleanup, you can in-
clude it by contacting Wendi Schnaufer (wschnaufer3703@ For locations or more information, see www.
   To see what other folks have done to their homes to make
them more energy efficient, you can check out a Green
Homes and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Takoma Park
Green Building Group. The Sunday, May 18 event runs from
noon until 3 p.m., and involves a number of local residences
that incorporate sustainable building practices like green-
minded insulation (different types, and different methods),
energy-efficient appliances, efficient heating and cooling sys-
tems, efficient lighting, energy-saving windows, passive and
active solar design, alternative energy sources like biodiesel
and corn stoves, and sustainable materials like reclaimed, re-
cycled and non-toxic wood, countertops, paints, and more.

  Men in Trees Trim TP:
  Keeping the Canopy Healthy                                                      Make a difference
     Have you seen men in trees around Takoma Park
     That’s because the City is nurturing its tree canopy by
                                                                                                  plant a tree
  pruning dead wood and diseased areas.                                     Discount Trees Available to Beautify Yards, Save the Canopy
     The methodical tree trimming program, reinstituted
  recently by City Arborist Todd Bolton, now utilizes two                The season is right to plant trees, and in Ta-    ery, the City is making a number of species avail-
  companies to carry out a five or six-year rotation for             koma Park that means you could be saving the          able at wholesale prices. Residents can purchase
  maintenance pruning on all street and park, public, trees          aging tree canopy in the City. If you’re interested   black gum, sweet gum, scarlet oak, red maple,
  in the City.                                                       in replacing old growth in your yard, or adding to    white oak or sycamore — all native shade trees
     “These trees we are celebrating this Arbor Day need             greenery outside your door, you can save through      that usually retail for about $400 – for $240 to
  care to stay healthy and grow straight and strong,” says           the City’s bulk buy tree sale.                        $295, installed. Sale dates run through May 2,
  Bolton. He adds that he is grateful to the City Council for          Acting as a purchasing agent with Stadler Nurs-     with installation toward the end of the month.
  increasing his budget and making available the resources
  necessary to keep the canopy healthy.
     During the second year of the pruning rotation, Bol-             order forM
  ton expects that significantly less work will be required,
                                                                                                                                include map of property with tree
  so that each year the number of trees that can be pruned            Please include check written to City of Takoma          locations on separate piece of paper.
  will increase. According to the Davey Resource Group                Park and be sure to draw a map of the prop-
  Tree Management Plan, developed along with a street                 erty and locations for installation. Submit to
  tree inventory in 2001, a maintenance pruning cycle,                Todd Bolton, Takoma Park Department of Public
  over time, helps create a healthy urban forest and reduces                                                               species                 price       Quantity total
                                                                      Works, 31 Oswego Avenue, Silver Spring, MD,
  the number of removals required annually.                           20910 by close of business May 2. Someone
     Pruning work has included dead wooding, crown                                                                         Sweet Gum (2")          $275    x   ______=   ______
                                                                      will be in touch regarding installation dates.
  cleaning, crown reduction, and hazard removals. There                                                                    Black Gum (1.5")        $250    x   ______=   ______
  have also been several trees found to be in such poor                                                                    Scarlet Oak (2")        $300    x   ______=   ______
  shape that they were removed rather than pruned. Bol-               Name __________________________________              Red Maple (2")          $240    x   ______=   ______
  ton hopes to replant some of the areas where trees were                                                                  White Oak (2")          $295    x   ______=   ______
  removed, or where diseased trees are scheduled for re-              Address ________________________________             Sycamore or
  moval.                                                                                                                      London Plane (2")    $270 x ______= ______
     To learn more about pruning your own trees, you                                                                       Tax 5%                                 ______
                                                                      Daytime Phone __________________________
  can attend Arbor Day festivities on the lawn of the
  Library, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See related                                                                     total enclosed                            $______
  article, page 1.
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Analyst Increases Crime Prevention and Control
                                           ouldn’t it be great
                                           to be able to know
                                           when and where
                                 the next crime will occur?
                                 Kyleen Luy thinks so, and
                                 so does the Takoma Park
                                 Police Department. Luy,
                                 hired just this year as the
                                 first crime analyst in the
                                 Takoma Park Police De-
                                 partment, is already on
                                 her way to making such
                                                                                                                                      speed Cameras Coming
                                 predictions with precise
                                 methods and analyses.
                                    Crime analysis can
                                                                                                                                      to Takoma Park
                                 serve law enforcement
                                 agencies in many ways,

                                 but it primarily addresses                                                                               n an effort to slow speeding traffic on two of Tako-
                                 crime prevention and con-                                                                                ma Park’s busiest streets, the City Council voted
                                 trol, apprehension and the                                                                               March 3 to go forward with the installation of two
   By Catherine Plevy            recovery of stolen prop-                                                                             speed cameras, one in the 7400 block of New Hamp-
                                 erty. The crime analyst’s                                                                            shire Avenue and the other in the 500 block of Ethan
                                 job is to establish a set of                            Kyleen Luy                                   Allen Avenue.
systematic, analytic processes that ferret out crime pat-                                                                                These two locations were chosen after traffic sur-
terns and trends. This information then serves police of-            Luy, a civilian employee of the department, has a BA             veys of 13 Takoma Park locations showed them to
ficers and staff as they work through the investigative pro-      in criminal justice from Lycoming College in William-               be the spots where speeding most frequently oc-
cess, and hopefully helps them apprehend criminals and            sport, Pa., where she also worked in the county public              curs. Cameras will be placed in both directions
clear cases.                                                      defender’s office; she is also working on her M.S. from             on each roadway, where the speed limit is 25 miles
   As the first crime analyst for Takoma Park, Luy dedi-          Michigan State University, and has certificates in home-            per hour. In Montgomery County, according to Ta-
cates the majority of her time to collecting, analyzing and       land security and law enforcement intelligence analysis.            koma Park Police Department Public Information
disseminating information concerning crime patterns               To improve her skills, Luy recently attended a Crime                Officer Catherine Plevy, speed cameras are usually
and trends. The idea is to implement a proactive, rather          Analysis Applications training conducted by the Alpha               set to “catch” drivers who go 11 miles per hour or
than reactive approach to crime. To that end, Luy gen-            Group Center for Crime and Intelligence Analysis, which             more over the speed limit; Takoma Park has not
erates community and in-house summaries each week,                instructs the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Royal Ca-            yet determined at what speed the new cameras
documenting crime and arrests throughout Takoma Park.             nadian Mounted Police, California Department of Justice,            will activate.
In addition, she composes community advisories, which             and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout                Tickets for speeding will be set at $40, says Plevy;
identify particular crime patterns or illegal activity to in-     the United States and Canada. The course covered opera-             that money is expected to pay for the cameras
crease citizen awareness.                                         tional and statistical processes involved in designing and          (though $16.25 of it goes to ACS). The program was
   Generally, analysts focus efforts on those offenses that       maintaining a successful crime analysis program. The                made more accessible through a piggyback arrange-
occur in large numbers with discernible patterns and              most beneficial tactic Luy learned at the training, she says,       ment with the county, she adds. Gaithersburg, Rock-
trends. In Takoma Park these include both robberies               was how to identify a crime series (a crime pattern where           ville, Chevy Chase Village and Takoma Park are all
and residential burglaries. Last month, for example, Luy          there is reason to believe the same person or persons com-          part of the contract already in place between Mont-
tracked citizen robberies in Takoma Park and bordering            mitted the crimes). She also picked up information about            gomery County and ACS State and Local Solutions,
Prince George’s County, and was able to link at least eight       methods used to forecast future criminal occurrences.               so the municipalities needn’t spend time and money
different robberies in the two districts to two suspects.            Because Takoma Park is affected by nearby county and             putting out bids. Plus, under this same contract, the
As a result, detectives were able to close several cases and      city borders, Luy maintains routine contact with neigh-             cameras throughout the area will be uniform.
provide the State’s Attorney General with valuable infor-         boring jurisdictions and receives important information                The cameras already operating throughout the
mation. In December, she tracked a string of burglaries           from their analysts, investigators and patrol officers. This        county have reduced speeding by 10 percent, accord-
in the Woodland and Sycamore neighborhood, which re-              cross-jurisdictional work is a great help in identifying sus-       ing to ACS statistics. If they prove successful in Ta-
sulted in increased patrol and awareness and, ultimately, a       pects, linking crimes and ultimately solving and prevent-           koma Park, Council will consider installing more.
citizen report of a burglary in progress.                         ing criminal activity in the city.

  As of Feb. 29, the Takoma Park Volun-                                                          door or doorknob. If you feel heat, use            kids corner
teer Fire Department and the personnel of                                                        your second exit; if you don’t, open the
the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue                                                            door slowly. If you see thick smoke or               When It Comes To Safety…Are You Just
Service assigned to the Takoma Park station                                                      flames, shut the door. Use another exit.           As Smart As Your Big Brother or Sister?
have responded to 93 fire-related incidents.                                                     * If you are trapped, stuff clothing under the
The department handled or assisted with                                                          door. Telephone the fire department (9-1-1) to     •	    I always cross the street at a mark cross
488 rescue or ambulance-related incidents                                                        tell them your location. Wait at a window and            walk or corner.
for a total of 581 this year. Totals for 2007                                                    signal with a flashlight or light-colored cloth.   •	 I always look both ways before crossing
were 154 and 443, respectively, for a total of                                                   * Remember: Once out of a burn-                          the street.
597, representing a decrease of 16 incidents.                                                    ing     building,     NEVER         go     back    •	 I always wear my seat belt when riding
                                                                                                 into the building for any reason.                        in a car.
                                                                                                                                                    •	 I always wear a helmet when I ride my
another serious fire hits                                                                        Your defense against fire…working smoke
takoma park                                                                                      alarms on all levels of your home and a fire
                                                                                                 escape plan for the entire family.                 •	 I always wear safety pads and a helmet
On Friday, March 14 at 8 p.m., a fire oc-                                                                                                                 when riding my skateboard.
curred at 601 Hudson Avenue. The fire did                                                                                                           •	 I never go swimming unless there’s an
approximately $50,000 in damage to one of                                                        starting date change for                                 adult or life guard is present.
the apartment units. No injuries. The cause:
cooking left unattended. As I have reported                Firehouse                             Baby sitters class
                                                                                                     The Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Depart-
                                                                                                                                                    •	 I never touch matches or lighters. If I
                                                                                                                                                          find them, I’ll tell a grown up.

many times, COOKING is still the number                                                          ment Baby Sitters Class, will start on Mon-        •	 I never play in the street.
one cause of home fires. It’s a must…when                                                        day, April 14. The sessions will be held for       •	 I always wear a life jacket when riding
you leave the kitchen with something cook-                                                       six Monday nights, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the               in a boat.
ing on the stove, you must turn the stove                                                        Takoma Park Community Center. Contact              •	 I never play in, under, or around ve-
off. That’s with any type of cooking.                            By Jim Jarboe                   the City Recreation Department to regis-                 hicles.
safe escape tips                                                                                 ter. Ages: girls and boys 11-13 years old.         •	 I never talk to strangers or get into
                                                 your head 12-24 inches above the floor.         Topics to be covered: fire safety, infant and            their car.
  * About 75 percent of house fire deaths                                                                                                             It’s a fact, if you do all of the above … you
                                                 * It takes 10-15 minutes to burn through        child care, personal safety, CPR and first aid.
are caused by smoke, not by flames.                                                                                                                 are as smart and you will be a lot safer.
                                                 a wooden door. Sleep with doors shut.           Special note: Minimum number to have the
You must crawl under smoke, with
                                                 * Use the back of your hand to touch the        class is 12.
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                                   April 2008                                                                                      Page 9

Chief Ricucci Marks First Year in Takoma Park
                    By Virginia Myers

     t’s been a year since the Takoma Park Police Depart-
     ment welcomed Ronald Ricucci as its new chief, and
     already he has made a difference. “I think we’re more
responsive to the community and I think the community
has regained confidence in the department and its lead-
ership,” says Ricucci. Indeed, residents and City Council
members have praised the new attitude at the department.
Ricucci says the big difference is that he’s held officers and
civilian workers accountable for their work in a way that
has shifted the department to the good.
   Ricucci insists officers “walk, talk and smile,” so they be-
come more a part of the community. Residents are more
aware of crime, and police activity designed to deter it,
thanks to frequent email dispatches from a new public in-
formation officer who also keeps information flowing out to
the media. The communications division has a supervisor
now, as well as all new modern equipment. There’s a new
crime analyst, a new evidence clerk and the bike patrol has
been reactivated. Cross-jurisdictional relationships with
Ricucci’s former department, Montgomery County Police
– especially the Silver Spring district – as well as the fourth
district in D.C., and the first district, Hyattsville, in Prince
George’s County have helped coordinate crime prevention
and detective work that crosses county and city lines. The         Chief Ronald Ricucci has made accountability the buzz word among his staff and officers, and he believes
force has a full complement of officers for the first time in      that has made a significant improvement in overall service from the Police Department. Here he addresses
ten years, and includes a plainclothes unit, or “tactical unit”    an administrative staff meeting.                                                      Photo by Catherine Plevy
that has “made a major impact on crime,” says Ricucci. Per-
haps most significant, the crime rate is down for the first                                                                       his own departmental budget – that would fund Safe Ta-
six months of 2007, compared to the first months of 2006.                                                                         koma, a citizen group that works on safety issues around
   These are just the accomplishments that are fairly com-                                                                        the Metro station area. He told City Council he would pre-
mon knowledge. Those working in the department also                                                                               fer to hire a community specialist within his department
appreciate the new computers installed in the police cruis-                                                                       – someone who would report to him – and have the person
ers, and the upgrade in firearms – officers now carry M-16                                                                        cover more territory than just the Metro. City Council dis-
rifles in their cars. They are also equipped with tasers.                                                                         agreed, and if Ricucci wants such an employee, he’ll have
   It’s a long list of improvements, but Ricucci has more in                                                                      to request additional funds in his FY09 budget (to be pre-
mind. He has frequently spoken of a citizens’ academy that
                                                                                                                                  sented in May to City Council). He notes that he works well
would expose residents to police work through informa-
                                                                                                                                  with Safe Takoma, but wants to address crime throughout
tional meetings and even ride-alongs, effectively training
                                                                                                                                  the city rather than in one area.
them in crime prevention. A youth academy would work
in a similar way, and keep young people on the right side of                                                                         These are relatively small blips in the Chief ’s short career
the law. He has begun to revitalize the citizens’ patrol – the                                                                    in the City. Most important, he says, is a change in atti-
orange vest-wearing groups of residents who patrol their           that the City suspend its sanctuary law, which prohibits of-   tude among those who think seriously about police work
own neighborhood streets, coordinating with police offi-           ficers from researching resident status on immigrants they     in Takoma Park. “I’ve seen a change in attitude both with
cers who are available when they call in suspicious behav-         encounter during their work, was refused. Ricucci reasoned     citizens and with the officers,” he says. “I think we’re com-
ior and potential criminal elements. “I think we’re headed         that the information about immigrants in this country il-      ing together. I think we may have been diametrically op-
in the right direction but there’s still a lot of work to be       legally could help officers find those who had committed       posed when I got here [but] and I see us coming together as
done,” says Ricucci.                                               crimes, but City Council disagreed.                            a community police department. That’s what community
   And it hasn’t been all roses for the new Chief. His request        Similarly, Ricucci opposed a $25,000 expenditure – from     policing is.”

                                                                                                                                      safe Kids Week Kicks Off
                                                                                                                                      Kick off Safe Kids Week with “Gear Up For
                                                                                                                                      Safety,” a Community Health and Safety Fair
                                                                                                                                      in Takoma Park on Saturday, April 26 from 10
                                                                                                                                      a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center, 7500
                                                                                                                                      Maple Avenue, Takoma Park.

                                                                                                                                      Families can participate in fun and games to
                                                                                                                                      learn about bike and pedestrian safety, police,
                                                                                                                                      fire and rescue services, car seat safety, and
                                                                                                                                      much, much more.

                                        LEAVE THE LIGHT ON                                                                            There will be product displays and special ac-
                                                                                                                                      tivities for kids ages 10 to 14. The event is
    Leaving your porch or garage light on is one of the most effective things you can do to                                           sponsored by the Montgomery County Safe
    prevent a break-in. Police recommend keeping the light on all night to turn crime away                                            Kids Coalition and Takoma Park Safe Routes
                                                                                                                                      to School.
                                     from your doorstep.
                                                                                                                                      For more information, contact lucyn@takoma-
                For more information on home safety, or for a free home safety audit                                        
                                        call 301-270-1100
Page 10                                                                                April 2008                                                                    Takoma Park Newsletter

                                                              Book Clubs Come in All Ages
                                                                     By Karen MacPherson                    Most keep membership small (6-8              group, composed of 4th grade boys,
                                                                                                            members) as a way to make sure ev-           has been written up in The Washington

          LIBRARY Briefs                                      T
                                                                      here are plenty of people inter-      eryone has a chance to participate. And      Post’s KidsPost.
                                                                      ested in reading – and, as it turns   many clubs include food as a way to fuel         “We do try to empower the boys,”
                                                                      out, plenty of parents and kids       the discussion.                              Dabir says. “They definitely pick the
                                                              interested in forming clubs to read to-          “Food definitely helps,” said Nida        book – that makes a difference. And
  it’s not too late for favorite poems
                                                              gether. As some 30 people learned at a        Vidutis.                                     it’s morphed over time from being very
     There is still plenty of time to choose a poem to read   recent library gathering, there are all          Nida and her mom, Diana Vidutis,          structured to … a more free-flowing
  at this year’s Favorite Poem Evening, scheduled for         kinds of ways to create a parent-child        have been part of a mother-daughter          discussion.” The group also has gone on
  Thursday April 24 7:30 p.m. in the Library.                 book club that works.                         book group for nine years. The club          book-related field trips and even done
     Sponsored jointly by the Library and the Friends of          Those gathered included representa-       began when the girls were in the third       some cooking together.
  the Library, these annual events are modeled after the      tives of six different local parent-child     grade; they’re heading to college next           In the book club of which Laura
  public readings begun by national Poet Laureate Rob-        book clubs, whose kid members – both          year (see related story, page 3).            DiCurcio and her 4th grade daughter
  ert Pinsky. Pinsky believed that poetry has meaning         boys and girls — range in age from 6 to          Patti Mallin and her daughter Cam-        Eva are members, the moms make the
  for virtually everyone at some point in their life, and     18. Most of the groups meet monthly,          den Roberts hope their book club will        book selections, and the format is fairly
  his poetry evenings held around the country typically       with members taking turns hosting at          last that long. Created just a few months    structured. “Whoever is hosting writes
  brought together people of all ages and all walks of life   their homes.                                  ago, their book club is composed of          enough questions for each girl,” DiCur-
  who came together to share their choices.                       In some of the book clubs, the par-       moms and girls mostly in first grade.        cio said. “It does generally keep the con-
     Those who wish to participate in this year’s event       ents choose the books to read. In others,     The girls typically do a craft related to    versation going.”
  should choose a poem by a published poet, and send          it’s a rule that kids make the selections.    their book – recently, they decorated a          Annemarie Stroud’s group does
  the title and author together with their name and ge-       Some clubs are structured, and the            notebook that they can use to write or       things a bit differently. Composed of
  neric occupation to Ellen Robbins at the Takoma Park        members have specific questions they          draw about the book under discussion.        boy and girl homeschoolers ranging
  Maryland Library, or by e-mail to ellenr@takomagov.         answer to keep the discussion flowing.        And there’s one other vital ingredient:      in age from 6-12, the group focuses on
  org . The deadline for all submissions is Friday April      Others are more free-wheeling and let         “We always allow time for the girls to       books, such as “Mary Poppins” by Mary
  18                                                          the discussion range where it will. One       play,” Mallin said.                          Travers, that have been made into mov-
     Readers are encouraged to bring friends and family       group connects the book selection with           Time for play also is built into two      ies. The group, now in its third month,
  to this tenth annual public celebration of poems, with      a craft. Another compares a book to its       book clubs composed of moms and              reads the book and then gathers to
  refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.        movie version.                                sons. One of the book clubs was started      watch the movie.
  This year’s event will be hosted by Takoma Park’s Poet          Still, there are a few similarities       two years ago by Surabhi Dabir as a way          “It’s amazing how they embrace the
  Laureate Anne Becker.                                       among these parent-child book clubs.          to encourage her son, Arjun Blum. The        book and not the film,” Stroud said.

  reading Group to discuss Graham swift
     The Friends of the Library Reading Group will meet
  on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma
                                                                                                            library resources for parent-child
  Park Community Center for a discussion of “Last Or-                                                       Book clubs
  ders” by Graham Swift.                                                                                    •	  “The Mother-Daughter Book Club” by Shireen Dodson
     Winner of the Booker Prize in 1996, this widely ac-                                                    •	  “The Kids Book Club Book” by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
  claimed novel tells the story of “four men – friends,                                                     •	  “Reading Raps” by Rita Soltan.
  most of them, for half a lifetime” —[who] gather in a                                                     •	  “100 Best Books for Children” by Anita Silvey
  London pub. They have taken it upon themselves to
                                                                                                            •	  “500 Great Books for Teens” by Anita Silvey
  carry out the last orders of Jack Dodds, master butcher,
                                                                                                            •	  “The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators” by Anita Silvey
  and deliver his ashes to the sea. As they drive towards
                                                                                                            •	  “Book Crush” by Nancy Pearl
  the fulfillment of their mission, their errand becomes
                                                                                                            •	  “Great Books for Girls” by Kathleen Odean
  an extraordinary journey into their collective and in-
                                                                                                            •	  “Great Books for Boys” by Kathleen Odean
  dividual pasts.”
     The “Washington Post Book World” called this nov-                                                      •	  “The New York Times Parents’ Guide to the Best Books for Children” by Eden
  el “resonant, distinct, irresistible…both convincing                                                          Ross Lipson
  and extraordinarily intimate…” and “The New York                                                          •	 “Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read” by Laura Backes
  Review of Books” praised Swift’s writing: “Swift has                                                        Participants at our March Parent-Child Book Club event provided lists of the
  involved us in real, lived lives…Quietly, but with con-                                                   books they read. Copies are available on the librarian’s desk in the Children’s Room,
                                                                                                            as well as on our Children’s Room blog, which can be accessed off the library’s main
           liBrary Briefs continues on page 11                                                              web page (

                                                                                                highlighting multicultural storytelling.            7:30 p.m. in the Library
   Takoma Park Library                          drop everything and read (d.e.a.r.)             Diane Macklin will tell stories, and                Come read a favorite poem and listen
    CALENDAR                                    Friday, April 11
                                                4 p.m. at the Library
                                                                                                we'll follow with more stories, songs
                                                                                                and crafts. Please register by calling
                                                                                                                                                    to others do the same.
                                                                                                                                                    (See story for more information).
                                                Celebrate (a day early) the birthday of         301-891-7259 or by emailing library-
          APRIL 2008
                                                "Ramona" creator Beverly Cleary. We'll (put "dia" in
                                                                                                                                                    t(w)een Book club
neighborhood circle time                        listen to audio versions of Cleary's            the subject line, please). Sponsored by
                                                books while creating bookmarks.                 the Friends of the Takoma Park Mary-                Friday, April 25
Every Tuesday                                                                                   land Library                                        4:40-5:30, Rose Room at the Commu-
Two times: 10 a.m. OR 11 a.m. at the
                                                Bedtime story time                                                                                  nity Center
Library.                                                                                        spring dreams — poetry fun!
                                                Monday, April 14                                                                                    Come eat pizza and discuss "Storm-
lapsit program for babies through               7 p.m. at the Library                           Monday, April 21 at the Library                     breaker," the first volume in the series
12 months of age                                Bring your teddy bears (or other stuffed        7 p.m.                                              by Anthony Horowitz, starring Alex
                                                favorites). Pajamas, pillows and blan-          Join local poets Rosanne Singer and                 Rider, teenage spy.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. at the Library.             kets are welcome.                               Liz Rees in creating poems about
Space is limited, so you must register.                                                                                                             Note: This program is for middle-
                                                Note: This program is aimed at babies,          spring things.
Call 301-891-7259 or email library-                                                                                                                 schoolers only. You must register, and
                                                toddlers and preschoolers and their             Please register by calling (Please put               grown-ups.                                                                                          you must read the book before the pro-
                                                                                                301-891-7259 or emailing library-pro-
lapsit in the subject line).                                                           (put "spring" in                  gram. Copies of the book are available
                                                dia de los ninos/dia de los libros              the subject line, please). Sponsored by             for check-out at the front desk. Regis-
spanish circle time                             Multicultural storytelling                      the Friends of the Takoma Park Mary-                ter by calling 301-891-7259 or email-
Every Thursday                                  celebration                                     land Library                                        ing (put
10 a.m. at the Library                          Saturday, April 19                                                                                  "t(w)een" in the subject line, please).
Sponsored by the Friends of the                 10:30 a.m.- Noon at the Library                 favorite poem evening                               Sponsored by the Friends of the Ta-
Takoma Park Maryland Library                    Come celebrate Dia — a national event           Thursday, April 24                                  koma Park Maryland Library.
Takoma Park Newsletter                                                                      April 2008                                                                                        Page 11

                                                                                                                                       tweens club news
liBrary Briefs                                                      spring dreams — poetry for kids                                       Our T(w)een Book Club will meet on Friday, April 25
continued from page 10
                                                                       Spring has sprung and we’re going to celebrate by work-         from 4:30-5:30 in the Community Center's Rose Room to
                                                                    ing with young poets to create poems of “spring dreams” on         discuss "Stormbreaker" by Anthony Horowitz. This novel
viction, he seeks to affirm the values of decency, loyalty, love.   Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Library. Our program will        is the first in the popular series starring teenage spy Alex
He is as John Dewey beautifully said of Emerson, ‘the sage of       be led by local poets Rosanne Singer and Liz Rees, who will        Rider. After we discuss the book, we'll have pizza and soda.
ordinary days.’ ”                                                   help kids create poems written from the point of view of              The club is for middle-schoolers only and is limited to 12
  Copies of the book are available at the Takoma Park Library       spring things, such as flowers, rain, rabbits, bees, etc. We’ll    participants, who must read the book before the April 25
and are provided by the Friends of the Library. The Friends         also have art materials so young poets can create the shape        meeting. Thanks to the Friends of the Takoma Park Mary-
Reading group discussions are open to all.                          of their spring thing after they write their poems.                land Library, we'll have multiple copies of the book available
                                                                       “Spring Dreams” is sponsored by the Friends of the Ta-          for check-out at the Library's main desk. To register, please
celebrate dia!                                                      koma Park Maryland Library. The program is best for chil-          call 301-891-7259 or email library-programs@spambob.
                                                                    dren ages 5 and up. To register, call 301-891-7259 or email        net (put "tween" in the subject line, please).
   Come join us at the library on Saturday, April 19 as we
                                                           (please put “spring” in the
celebrate our second annual "El dia de los Ninos/El dia de
                                                                    subject line).                                                     Books for twosies
los Libros" — a morning of multicultural storytelling, songs
and crafts.                                                                                                                               Our popular "Twosies" program, for two-year-olds and
                                                                    d.e.a.r. day with ramona                                           their grown-ups, will take place on four Wednesday morn-
   This event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Ta-
koma Park Maryland Library, is part of a nationwide "El               April 12 is the birthday of Beverly Cleary, author of the        ings in May from 10-10:30. We focus on a different theme
dia de los Ninos/El dia de los Libros" celebration. Created         "Ramona" and "Henry Huggins" books, among many oth-                each week, as we read stories, sing songs and finish with a
by the American Library Association, "Dia" is designed to           ers. To celebrate the birthday of this American treasure, li-      simple craft. Come join us! To register, call 301-891-7259
emphasize "the importance of advocating literacy for every          braries and bookstores are hosting the second annual "Drop         or email (please put "two-
child regardless of linguistic and cultural background."            Everything and Read" (D.E.A.R.) day.                               sies" in the subject line).
   So come and celebrate Takoma Park's rich multicultural             At the Takoma Park Maryland Library, we'll celebrate
tradition! Acclaimed storyteller Diane Macklin will kick off        D.E.A.R. one day early. On Friday, April 11, we'll gather in       p.J.s Welcome
our event at 10:30 a.m. We'll follow with more stories and          the Children's Room at 4 p.m. and listen to audio versions
                                                                    of some of Cleary's books while we create bookmarks.                 Wear your p.j.s, bring your teddy bear or other stuffed
songs and end with a craft. We'll also have brochures with                                                                             favorite and head to the library for "Bedtime Stories" on
reading tips as well as suggestions for great multicultural           All are welcome. No need to register — just come and
                                                                    have some listening fun!                                           Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. We'll sing a few songs, do some
children's books. Register by calling 301-891-7259 or by                                                                               rhymes and fingerplays and read some stories. No need to
emailing (put "dia" in the                                                                                register — just come!
subject line, please).

City TV Features Taste of                                                                                             Takoma Park City TV-13
                                                                                   CITY TV PROGRAMMING sCHEDULE - MARCH 2008
                                                                                                  Programming Schedule

Takoma and Energy Star
                                                                                                                               April 2008

                                                                                    Monday          Tuesday         Wednesday          Thursday           Friday         Saturday          Sunday
   Join City TV on April                                                           Community       The Road to      Takoma Park        Community         Takoma          Community         Déjà vu:
13 as it covers the day long                                          7:00 AM                       Recovery                          Bulletin Board    Snapshots       Bulletin Board   Takoma Music
                                                                                  Bulletin Board                    City TV Local
festival, “Taste of Takoma”                                           8:00 AM     Takoma Park       PreSchool
                                                                                                                                      Takoma Park       Community       Takoma Park
on Sunday, April 13 on                                                             Snapshots         Power!                            Snapshots       Bulletin Board   Folk Festival
the campus of Columbia
Union College. City TV                                                9:00 AM     Takoma Park      Takoma Park        National        Coffeehouse         NASA                           Takoma Park
                                                                                  Folk Festival     Snapshots       Gallery of Art                     Programming                        Snapshots
will also televise live the
2008 Azalea Awards on
                                                                     10:00 AM                      Coffeehouse       City Council       Music da       Government       Takoma Park      Coffeehouse
Saturday, April 26 starting                                                                                            Meeting          camera           Focus           Snapshots
at 7 p.m. in the Commu-                                                                                               (Replay)
nity Center Auditorium.                                              11:00 AM     Takoma Park       CaribNation                       Takoma Park        National       Takoma Park      Media Watch
                                                                                  City TV Local                                       Folk Festival    Gallery of Art   City TV Local     on Hunger
   Replays this month will                                                           Events                                                                                Events
include Energy Star for                                                                             Community
                                                                      NOON                         Bulletin Board                                       City Council
Small Businesses presen-                                                                                                                                  Meeting
tation from March 11, and the Takoma Metro Community                  1:00 PM     The Road to      Takoma Park                        Takoma Park        (Replay)                        Takoma Park
Priority Setting Workshop held on March 19 .                                       Recovery        City TV Local                      City TV Local                                      Folk Festival
                                                                                                      Events                             Events
                                                                      2:00 PM     Media Watch                       Takoma Park                                         Media Watch
  New music this month will include more releases from                             on Hunger                        Folk Festival                                        on Hunger
the various fall festivals. We’ll also be releasing the perfor-       3:00 PM     Takoma Park                                           Music da                                         Takoma Park
mance of the 2008 Jazz Band Brawl winner “Little Falls                             Snapshots          NASA                              camera                                           City TV Local
Quartet.”                                                                                                                                                                                   Events
                                                                      4:00 PM      PreSchool                        Takoma Park       Coffeehouse      Takoma Park        Déjà vu:
                                                                                     Power                           Snapshots                         Folk Festival    Takoma Music
takoma snapshots in april will include:                               5:00 PM       Music da       Takoma Park      Government        Government

•	 Community Oriented Policing: Chief Speaks Out                                    camera          Snapshots         Focus             Focus

•	 Ethiopian Art Exhibit                                              5:30 PM    Chinese News

                                                                                                    Community       Chinese News       Community       Takoma Park        Takoma          Community
  Community and neighborhood groups may submit non-                   6:00 PM                      Bulletin Board                     Bulletin Board    Snapshots        Snapshots       Bulletin Board
commercial notices regarding meetings or special events to
City TV for inclusion on the bulletin board.
                                                                      7:00 PM                      Gallery of Art                     Takoma Park      Takoma Park      Coffeehouse      Takoma Park
  City TV is carried on Channel 13 on Comcast and RCN,                                                                                 Snapshots       City TV Local                      Snapshots
and Channel 28 on the Verizon system. Many programs,                  7:30 PM      City Council                                                           Events
including Council meetings and Snapshots, are available               8:00 PM         (LIVE)       Coffeehouse       City Council     Takoma Park                       Takoma Park      Takoma Park
for on-demand viewing from the City website as well. Be                                                                Meeting        Folk Festival                     City TV Local    Folk Festival
                                                                                                                      (Replay)                                             Events
sure to visit City TV’s award-winning webpage at www.Ta- for specific program information.                9:00 PM                      Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                       Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                       Folk Festival
                                                                                                   City TV Local
                                                                     10:00 PM                         Events                           Government                       Takoma Park      Coffeehouse
  All Council meetings and Snapshots episodes are also                                                                                   Focus                          Folk Festival
available for patron check out at the Takoma Park Mary-
land Library. VHS tapes of these shows, as well as other             11:00 PM                       CaribNation                       Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                                                         Takoma Park
Takoma Park City TV events, may be purchased for $15                                                                                    City TV                                          City TV Local
(pick up) or $18 (mail). Some programs are also available             12:00       Takoma Park
                                                                                                   City Council
                                                                                                                    Takoma Park
                                                                                                                                                         Déjà vu:       Takoma Park         Events
on DVD. Call 301-891-7118 or send an email to: cabletv@                                              Meeting                                           Takoma Music      Snapshots
                                                                     Midnight      Snapshots        (Replay)         Snapshots                           Revisited for more information.
                                                                                                                                                                       Déjà vu:
                                                                      1:00 AM       Road to                          Community                                       Takoma Music
                                                                                    Recovery                        Bulletin Board                                     Revisited
                                                                      Programming subject to change without notice. CITY TV is carried on Channel 13 on Comcast and RCN and channel 28 on Verizon.
                                                                      Takoma Park City TV                                                         Email:
                                                                      7500 Maple Avenue                                                           Web:
                                                                      Takoma Park, MD 20912
Page 12                                                                                 April 2008                                                                  Takoma Park Newsletter

Pajama Squid, Bikram and Pizza at the Junction                                                                                                  NEWs Briefs
       mid the hoopla of the Earth Day     flexibility and prevent injury, and the     mentary about sea creatures.
       celebration on April 20 at Ta-      practice, overall, strengthens muscle,         To learn more about the Pajama
                                                                                                                                    annual house and Garden tour May 4
       koma Junction (see story, page      increases flexibility, and develops bal-    Squid, or to shop online starting April        The 35th Takoma Park House and Garden Tour, spon-
1), three new businesses are being wel-    ance. Classes are offered throughout        1, see               sored by Historic Takoma, will take place from 1 - 5
comed to the community. The Pajama         the week, with an introductory seven-          At 7322 Carroll Avenue, the Pizza         p.m. Sunday, May 4, rain or shine. Its theme, “First Stop
Squid, a children’s store with clothing,   day pass priced at $25. For more infor-     Palace is undergoing renovation at the       Takoma!” focuses on more than a dozen houses, gardens
toys and books; Bikram Yoga Takoma         mation, see               hand of Abdul Baig, who expects to           and other buildings in the Takoma D.C. neighborhood.
Park; and Pizza Roma, a Halal carryout        Just down the street is the Pajama                                                    The tour includes historic homes, as well as the first
                                                                                       re-open as Pizza Roma in May. Baig’s
replacing Pizza Palace. Their impact is    Squid, at 7320 Carroll Avenue. This                                                      branch of the DC Public Library. Advance tickets, $15,
                                                                                       existing Pizza Roma in College Park,
expected to reach far beyond the day’s     playful store features quality books,                                                    are available at the Takoma Park Silver Spring Coop,
                                                                                       near REI at the intersection of Rhode        American Craft, Now and Then, Mark's Kitchen and the
festivities.                               toys and clothing for families and
                                                                                       Island Avenue and Edgewood Road, is          Culture Shop. Tickets the day of the tour, $20, are avail-
   In fact, Bikram Yoga Takoma Park,       especially children. Takoma Park
at 7324 Carroll Avenue, could im-          resident and owner Tiffany King is of-      known for its cheese steak subs, pizzas      able at the D.C. Public Library, 416 Cedar Street NW,
prove your health. Stephen Pleasant,       fering a number of products that sup-       and gyros. Baig’s sandwiches and piz-        where advance ticket holders can also get a brochure
the owner of the studio, offers clas-      port women in developing countries,         zas use turkey ham and bacon, beef           with property locations and descriptions for the self-
sic Bikram-style classes: a 90-minute      and others incorporating natural and        sausage and Halal pepperoni so he can        guided tour. locations of the properties on the tour and
series of 26 yoga postures performed       eco-friendly materials. She named the       serve “anything and everything” and          an informative description. See www.historictakoma.
in a room heated to as high as 105 de-     store for her “favorite squid,” an actual   still keep Halal (many Muslims eat           org or call 301-270-2831 for more information.
grees Fahrenheit. The heat works to        species of squid called “pajama squid”      Halal, much as Jews eat Kosher). Baig
decrease muscle resistance, increase       that she encountered watching a docu-       expects to open in May.                      sign up for the parade
                                                                                                                                       The Takoma Park Independence Committee, Inc. is en-
                                                                                                                                    couraging neighborhoods, civic associations, businesses,
                                                                                                                                    churches, organizations, families, schools and anyone in-
                                                                                                                                    terested in celebrating the Fourth of July to build a float,
                                                                                                                                    decorate a bike, a wagon, carriage, form a kazoo band,
                                                                                                                                    a musical group, form a neighborhood marching unit,
                                                                                                                                    dress up in your native dress, form a dance group. Use
                                                                                                                                    your imagination and join the fun. The theme this year
                                                                                                                                    is “Unity in Diversity.”
                                                                                                                                        For further information visit our web site www.Ta-
                                                                                                                                    koma or call 301-270-6876.

                                                                                                                                    free Mulch available
                                                                                                                                       Springtime has arrived, and neighbors are out spruc-
                                                                                                                                    ing up their gardens. Remember, the City of Takoma
                                                                                                                                    Park has plenty of mulch available for your yard projects.
                                                                                                                                    You can:
                                                                                                                                    •	 Have it delivered: $45 to $65, depending on load size
                                                                                                                                       ($65 to $105 for non-residents). Call 301-891-7633 to
                                                                                                                                       schedule a delivery. Deliveries are made on Fridays;
                                                                                                                                       payment must be received at Public Works by Thurs-
                                                                                                                                       day afternoon.
                                                                                                                                    •	 Load up your truck: pull up to the pile and Public
                                                                                  hunting, takoma park style                           Works will load your truck with mulch for $20 or $30,
                                                                                                                                       depending upon truck size. Or, you can load it your-
                                                                                  The Annual Egg Hunt sponsored by
                                                                                                                                       self for free. You’ll find the mulch at the Public Works
                                                                                  the Recreation Department once
                                                                                                                                       yard, 31 Oswego Avenue in Takoma Park.
                                                                                  again drew excited youngsters to the
                                                                                  field behind Piney Branch Elemen-                 •	 Bring your own bags. Better than paying for pre-
                                                                                  tary School, where they ran pell-mell                bagged mulch, you can fill bags of mulch and haul
                                                                                  across the grass trying to gather as                 them away in the back of the car.
                                                                                  many eggs as they could find. The                    For more information, call 301-891-7633.
                                                                                  fun wasn’t limited to little people,
                                                                                  either — there were a few four-legged             recycle your electronics
                                                                                  friends on hand, and proud parents                  Plan on toting your old electronics over to the Takoma
                                                                                  observing from behind.                            Park, Maryland Library parking lot for recycling on Sat-
                                                                                                            Photo: Debra Haiduven
                                                                                                                                    urday, May 10 at the annual E-Cycle Event. The City’s De-
                                                                                                                                    partment of Public Works sponsors the collection to be
                                                                                                                                    sure the hazardous metals in many of these devices – like
                                                                                                                                    cadmium, lead, and mercury – stay out of the Montgom-
                                                                                                                                    ery County incinerator. Takoma Park will be accepting
                                                                                                                                    computer-related equipment, telephones, cell phones,
                                                                                                                                    cameras, radios, TVs (non-console type), stereos, tape
                                                                                                                                    players, scanners, copiers, fax machines, surge protec-
                                                                                                                                    tors and CD players for recycling. The E-Cycle Event will
                                                                                                                                    run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The library
                                                                                                                                    parking lot is located at the corner of Maple Avenue and
                                                                                                                                    East-West Highway/Philadelphia Avenue. For more in-
                                                                                                                                    formation, contact Public Works at 301-891-7633.

                                                                                                                                    azalea awards april 26
                                                                                                                                       The annual recognition of Takoma Park’s thriving
                                                                                                                                    volunteer spirit, the Azalea Awards, comes around this
                                                                                                                                    spring on Saturday, April 26. Sponsored by the Takoma
                                                                                                                                    Foundation and the “Takoma Voice,” the festive event
                                                                                                                                    celebrates those volunteers who have made an especially
                                                                                                                                    significant impact on the community as they work with
                                                                                                                                    youth, environment, education, business, music, art, ac-
                                                                                                                                    tivism and more. For more information on the event, see

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